Moving Design initiatives emerge from our most urgent social and environmental issues.
High rates of asthma and other air-quality related illnesses are plaguing Chicago residents. The sources of air pollution range from idling trucks, to commuter traffic, to the city’s coal-fired power plants. Moving Design aims to bring to light to the risks, sources, and solutions to air pollution. How do we imagine and realize a city no longer dependent on coal or cars?
Emerging designers are the creative problem-solvers, change agents, and visionary minds of the future. They have the power to make this world a better place. How we can inspire and support them? How can we give them the tools they need to affect change?
Envisioning the future
C2A: Sustainable Living
Moving Design’s 2013 call to action focused on informing and transforming Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood to promote sustainable living. This community served as a model for others intent on improving quality of life, public safety and health, and community development across the city.
C2A: Bicycle Safety
This Summer 2011, Moving Design will initiate their next call to action around bicycle safety in Chicago. Focusing on Logan Square and transforming it into Chicago’s first hub for safe, active mobility, where pedestrians and bikers rule.
Moving Design facilitated a six-week workshop with 24 interdisciplinary University of Illinois students to research and imagine the digital book’s future potential as a tool for education and expression. How far can the digital book go?
Moving Design and Archeworks propose a new, permanent urban infrastructure where the activity of farming is the epicenter of urban culture called Garden Oriented Development, or G.O.D.
Moving Design invited 18 students from Northern Illinois University to define and visualize the story of our culture 10 years from now. What does the future look like? What does the future feel like?
Designers are already adept at imagining the future for our world. But to ‘envision a future’ requires an insight into culture: we want to know what the future feels like. What will be the cultural ramifications of new technology? What is the perception of the next set of problems?Related Initiatives
C2A: Sustainable Living
Chicagoans produce over 7.6 million tons of trash every year, and our city consumes nearly 500 million gallons of water per day. Unless we make changes in the way we live and consume resources, our city and world will look a lot different in the future. Droughts, rising temperatures, more severe storms will affect public health, water supply, infrastructure and agriculture—at a tremendous cost.Related Initiatives
Moving Design heralded a Call to Action, bringing together a coalition of the brightest designers for a six-week workshop, to inspire new stewards of our water resources. How can design engage, inform, and activate Chicagoans to care about where our water comes from and where it goes?
Moving Design received Sappi’s 2010 Ideas That Matter Grant to develop curriculum for the Chicago Public Library to engage Chicago’s youth in a stronger appreciation for our water resources. How do we instill a sense of stewardship in the next generation?
After reversing the flow of the Chicago River in 1900, Chicago now diverts 2 million gallons of water from the Great Lakes Watershed everyday. Our waste and stormwater is sent down the Mississippi River towards the Gulf of Mexico. How do we visualize the magnitude of the waste and diversion? How do we instill a sense of stewardship in Chicagoans?Related Initiatives